Al's Ramblings



Wednesday, August 31, 2011

(8/31/2011 10:10:00 PM) - Al

Maldonado, Gomez, and Schafer added to roster for tomorrow's game.

More to follow I'm sure, after Nashville's season ends Monday. Even though Wolf struggled, he still went 5, saving the bullpen nicely.

I did not think the Crew had an open 40 man spot, and Schafer will have to be added. That said, I think Kintzler can just be moved to the 60 day DL.


8/31/2011 10:10:00 PM



(8/31/2011 08:54:00 PM) - Al

Stimulus money? Look no further.

The irony is, green companies have no chance without massive subsidies from the government...and sometimes, don't make it even with massive taxpayer sweat and tears rolling in.


8/31/2011 08:54:00 PM



(8/31/2011 08:30:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke far more aggressive than usual on getting a PH for Wolf because he knows he'll have reinforcements tomorrow.

Green looks far shorter than I had guessed. After looking crappy on the fastballs, he lines a change-up into Rf.


8/31/2011 08:30:00 PM



(8/31/2011 08:24:00 PM) - Al

America thanks General Petraeus for 37 years of remarkable military service. He will be an outstanding CIA Director.--John McCain

Yes, now the president can ignore his strategic advice from another position.

After all, what's 37 years of military experience when you used to be a...community organizer.


8/31/2011 08:24:00 PM



(8/31/2011 08:16:00 PM) - Al

The were suggesting they bench Yuni tonight. Once again, proof of why casual fans need to stick to second guessing...because they are very limited at common sense and knowledge of the game, they suck at first guessing.

You know, when you aren't aware a guy has been on the DL for two plus months, the idea you pass yourself off as anything other than the village idiot is hilarious.


8/31/2011 08:16:00 PM



(8/31/2011 08:13:00 PM) - Al

I'm a bit puzzled why casuals are suggesting they have someone cover 1B on a double. Seriously? The Cards did a poor job of baserunning, but they were able to outrun Prince back to 1B. I'm not sure what exactly the plan is there.


8/31/2011 08:13:00 PM



(8/31/2011 07:59:00 PM) - Al

Ryan tried to cut it too sharply at 3B, and never got his footwork back.

I would not know, I never was able to run that fast.


8/31/2011 07:59:00 PM



(8/31/2011 07:24:00 PM) - Al

Ryan Braun is "very good friends" with more people than I've ever met.


8/31/2011 07:24:00 PM



(8/31/2011 07:08:00 PM) - Al

Here are one man's guesses for who will be brought up tomorrow.

Of course, DiFelice is on the DL and hasn't pitched in 2.5 months, and Dillard can't come back until the 5th, but hey, someone has to put the "asual" in casual fan.


8/31/2011 07:08:00 PM



(8/31/2011 06:49:00 PM) - Al

Thanks for making August the busiest month in Ramblings' history. In an era where many sites are experiencing huge reductions in traffic, due to Twitter, RSS feeds, and the simple fact each potential reader has an infinite amount of sites they could visit with a limited amount of time to do so, that is not the case here.

Thanks for your continued readership.


8/31/2011 06:49:00 PM



(8/31/2011 06:12:00 PM) - Al

BAL to acquire solid RHP for Gonzalez, throws 94, success in both the majors and minors this year.


8/31/2011 06:12:00 PM



(8/31/2011 06:07:00 PM) - Al

Yuni actually does have a positive UZR the past month or so, as he was -10/11, and is now -8.9 runs on the year. Of course, you can't argue with the "I watch every game and I know what I see crowd," but you really can't argue with ignorance regardless.


8/31/2011 06:07:00 PM



(8/31/2011 05:25:00 PM) - Al

Brewers still talking about upgrades today but aren't close on any deals.--Fox.com

Gonzalez went to TEX for a PTBNL, but Mike Brantley was a PTBNL as well, and he's 24 and a starting LF in the majors. Usually, the obligatory PTBNL isn't very good, but some are. I realize Doug will not overpay, and that's a good feeling.


8/31/2011 05:25:00 PM



(8/31/2011 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Brewers announce plan for playoff lottery tickets.


8/31/2011 01:35:00 PM



(8/31/2011 01:05:00 PM) - Al

The Crew now ranks 9th in UZR and 6th in DRS.

Teams (more specifically, players) do make errors, but that happens on every team. You really have two choices, you can either believe the metrics, which rank Gomez as a top CF, so they seem to work, or you can believe the "Well, I know because I watch every game" crowd, which is akin to a parent saying, "Because I said so."



8/31/2011 01:05:00 PM



(8/31/2011 01:01:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers are going be either 7 1/2, 9 1/2, or 11 1/2 up on SL when they leave town in a couple days.

Just thought I'd throw in some reality.


8/31/2011 01:01:00 PM



(8/31/2011 01:00:00 PM) - Al

Rowand would be an interesting pickup for a team, still hits LH's some, still a good fielder.


8/31/2011 01:00:00 PM



(8/31/2011 12:58:00 PM) - Al

One reliever who could be dealt today: Orioles lefty Mike Gonzalez. Rangers are among the teams looking for bullpen help.--Fox.com

He's been on the top of my list for a couple months, but we have no idea what BAL is asking for, of course.


8/31/2011 12:58:00 PM



(8/31/2011 12:37:00 PM) - Al

Giants DFA Miguel Tejada and Aaron Rowand.

Looks like the finger pointing in SF is happening now. Neither has had a good season, but Rowand still is decent versus LHP, for example. I would assume this is a 40 man crunch as the Giants try to add a couple players to make a run.


8/31/2011 12:37:00 PM



(8/31/2011 12:35:00 PM) - Al

Supposedly, the wait for tickets at the ticket window at Miller Park was 45 minutes yesterday afternoon. Looks like they'll break their all-time record to me.


8/31/2011 12:35:00 PM


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

(8/30/2011 11:28:00 PM) - Al

Tonight's game is a good example of why the Crew will have plenty of extra players on hand as of 9/1. All that silliness about "team chemistry" and "you don't want guys sitting around" will quickly get vetoed because Roenicke wants guys to actually manage, rather than have four guys on the bench...one of which was "used" when sent up to PH then pulled back.


8/30/2011 11:28:00 PM



(8/30/2011 10:35:00 PM) - Al

Morgan and Hart's near misses are getting mentioned non-stop, but Braun's liner that was caught by a sliding Berkman and Fielder's drive to the warning track were all it took, when you add in the mistakes. Those hits have found grass all season.

I'm surprised Yuni bunted, as when the defense is playing that tight, there's hardly any way a bunt can be successful, unless it is killed just perfectly, something Yuni is not going to do.


8/30/2011 10:35:00 PM



(8/30/2011 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Let me see if I got this straight...kids selling lemonade, bad...trucking company keeping drunk drivers off the road...also bad.

The days of big government are about to end, and this is why.

Long live tiny government.


8/30/2011 06:34:00 PM



(8/30/2011 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Done.


8/30/2011 06:30:00 PM



(8/30/2011 06:29:00 PM) - Al

JS reporting Doug says he does not expect to make a deal before deadline.


8/30/2011 06:29:00 PM



(8/30/2011 04:57:00 PM) - Al

Not only was Moneyball a best selling book, the movie looks very entertaining, for baseball fans and non-fans alike. The great thing about it is, it still explains what small market, cash poor teams have to do...think out of the box, look for players with talent but warts, and find a way to compete by spending less.

Since the A's did it with OBP, other teams have done the same thing with defense, but the most popular remains spending money on the draft and young players, both pre-arby and pre-FA.


8/30/2011 04:57:00 PM



(8/30/2011 03:51:00 PM) - Al

Brewers going to the Arizona Fall League:

Zealous Wheeler, Logan Schafer, Scooter Gennett, and Kentrail Davis, as well as pitchers Jed Bradley, Brandon Kintzler, Santo Manzanillo, Dan Meadows, and Cody Scarpetta.

Brandon, Logan, and Cody have all spent time on the DL this year, so it's a nice opportunity for them to get some extra PA's. How 1st round pick Bradley fares may determine where he opens the 2012 campaign.


8/30/2011 03:51:00 PM



(8/30/2011 03:13:00 PM) - Al

Angels led TX by 9.5 games & SEA by 12.5 on 8/20/95, only to finish a game back of SEA in the AL West.--Trenni

Don't buy the hype. If the Crew goes into a slump, they are very catchable. Six games versus the Cards and four against the Phillies...good competition. I'm the first to admit they've been very fortunate this past month, breaks have gone their way. A run of bad luck, combined with some injury/fatigue, can wipe out a lead quick. Ten games is a bad week and a half.


8/30/2011 03:13:00 PM



(8/30/2011 03:05:00 PM) - Al

The Mets have to pick their two PTBNL for KRod soon, and while I've assumed McClendon would be gone, he has allowed 7 runs in his last two appearances, spanning 3+ frames.

If the Mets are still deciding, that might scare them off, worrying if he is hiding an injury. His ERA jumped from 2.42 to 3.54.


8/30/2011 03:05:00 PM



(8/30/2011 12:46:00 PM) - Al

Two more options, Joe Biemel released. He has been mediocre this year versus LH hitters, and decent in his career.

Also, Mark Hendrickson, who has been a bottom of the rotation SP and middle reliever his entire career, was DFA'd by the Orioles. He has solid numbers both this year and over his career versus LH's, but, has rarely been used in that role.

Ditto for Tom Gorzelanny, who I talked about before.

I'm starting to seriously wonder how much time I've spent writing about the elusive southpaw reliever...beginning to feel like those idiots who spend all their down time in the woods, searching for Bigfoot, and darn near wetting themselves every time they come across a pile of bear crap.


8/30/2011 12:46:00 PM



(8/30/2011 12:41:00 PM) - Al

Sources: No momentum toward a Berkman deal with Rangers – at least for the moment. Deadline still 34 hours away.--Fox.com

Heh. I heard this rumor on ESPN last night and felt it was ridiculous. Berkman has said he likes SL, and not only is RF open, but 1B may be as well for the Cards. They "could" trade him and then resign him, but we all know how often that occurs.


8/30/2011 12:41:00 PM



(8/30/2011 12:28:00 PM) - Al

Randy Flores released after he opts-out of his contract. He'll be a FA.

I've been thinking Doug would add a LH arm in the bullpen before 9/1, but I've been saying it so long and time is growing short, I feel like the gal who has been engaged for eight years and can't get her fella to set a date. They are obviously not going to add a lefty just to add a lefty. I understand that for now, they have the 8th and 9th covered, and Roenicke's "don't want to use 3 pitchers to get through an inning" issue. That said, arms are fragile, and who knows what the future brings? It probably comes down to either having a loogy or a RHP, I'd prefer the loogy. Especially if you're talking about setting up the roster for postseason...you really do not need much middle-long relief...if the SP gives up 5 runs in 3 2/3rd's, well, you're very likely to lose anyway.


8/30/2011 12:28:00 PM



(8/30/2011 12:26:00 PM) - Al

3M tickets sold.

I think they could beat their record if they just had more capacity, but you can only sell each ticket once. They could probably sell 50-60K seats for weekend games much of the year.


8/30/2011 12:26:00 PM


Monday, August 29, 2011

(8/29/2011 11:16:00 PM) - Al

I wonder how many women wish they were "fat" like Demi Lovato.


8/29/2011 11:16:00 PM



(8/29/2011 10:42:00 PM) - Al

What are they so afraid of?

The facts, I assume.


8/29/2011 10:42:00 PM



(8/29/2011 08:13:00 PM) - Al

The magazine article that inspired Taxi.


8/29/2011 08:13:00 PM



(8/29/2011 08:07:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, if the Brewers get hot, they can put some space between themselves and the Cards.

Read the last couple sentences, and shake your head in awe.


8/29/2011 08:07:00 PM



(8/29/2011 07:52:00 PM) - Al

Yes, I know there are 14 confirmed deaths from the hurricane. I also know far more than that were killed in auto accidents over the weekend, and that was completely preventable...just ban cars. Hey, it's tragic if they were friends or family that died too young regardless of the cause. But let's not pretend 14 deaths is some sort of armageddon-like event that only happens every couple centuries.

The wind blows, and water sometimes goes where we do not plan. The Grand Canyon was created by the Colorado River, so we know its power is almost unlimited. Most of us choose not to panic about it.


8/29/2011 07:52:00 PM



(8/29/2011 07:47:00 PM) - Al

I was looking to upgrade our TV's, the living room and the Rambling son's "office" set. I found a couple good deals at Amazon, and had to laugh at this comment in the review:

Bought this as a second set for our guest bedroom - my Mom often comes to visit and complained the last few times the TV I had in the room was crap.

Thank goodness I'm not that guy.


8/29/2011 07:47:00 PM



(8/29/2011 05:57:00 PM) - Al

Palin 3rd, Giuliani 5th in GOP poll.

All that's left is them, you know, running.


8/29/2011 05:57:00 PM



(8/29/2011 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Nashville mayor tells 1025TheGame there that the city wants to pursue the Rays.

Especially funny if you realize they have one of the worst AAA facilities and have not shown any indication of making improvements.


8/29/2011 04:21:00 PM



(8/29/2011 04:15:00 PM) - Al

Why counting stats don't really matter:

2nd half of 2011

Fielder--7 HR's, 30 RBI's
McGehee--6 HR's, 27 RBI's

Has Casey been as good as Prince? Not even close, as an 882-783 OPS advantage proves. But, often times counting stats measure opportunity, not production.


8/29/2011 04:15:00 PM



(8/29/2011 03:52:00 PM) - Al

How TMJ decides which game to move. Apparently, not in the contracts, like I had assumed.


8/29/2011 03:52:00 PM



(8/29/2011 03:34:00 PM) - Al

Doug Glanville says the four NL MVP candidates are Braun, Fielder, Upton, and Kemp, with Prince winning.


8/29/2011 03:34:00 PM



(8/29/2011 03:31:00 PM) - Al

A nice story about players shaving their heads as their teammate fights cancer, but I promise you, hardly any of those guys will ever bother having hair again. The freedom and ease of a shaved head, or a military style haircut, is astounding. I don't know why I waited so long. I never even dream of going back.


8/29/2011 03:31:00 PM



(8/29/2011 03:15:00 PM) - Al

The old Walter Reed replaced by the new Walter Reed.


8/29/2011 03:15:00 PM



(8/29/2011 03:07:00 PM) - Al

MSNBC invites fmr New Orleans Mayor Nagin on to give hurricane preparedness tips. Kinda like going to Tim Geithner for tax advice.--Fred Thompson

Remember, beg for money and just leave the school buses unused.


8/29/2011 03:07:00 PM



(8/29/2011 02:53:00 PM) - Al

I often say many of us have no idea how good Hart and Weeks are because they play with Braun and Fielder. Even though we see them everyday, I don't think most of us realize how good Ryan and Prince have been.


8/29/2011 02:53:00 PM



(8/29/2011 02:25:00 PM) - Al

Union protests, vandalizes school, because it has shown success where others do not.

Unions hate choice, it's not good for business.

Note: No one has been convicted of vandalism, but I wasn't born yesterday.


8/29/2011 02:25:00 PM



(8/29/2011 02:03:00 PM) - Al

Bradley's false accusation hurts those who actually suffer from this real problem.

Very well said.


8/29/2011 02:03:00 PM



(8/29/2011 01:57:00 PM) - Al

The union's remarkable pettiness and lack of PR skills once again on display, right here in Wausau.

This is why they keep losing elections. They simply have no idea how stupid they look to us, as they complain about how they make more money, get better benefits...and drive taxes up and companies out of business or overseas.


8/29/2011 01:57:00 PM



(8/29/2011 01:30:00 PM) - Al

relievers who cleared waivers include street, fuentes, rauch, grabow, mike gonzalez and gregg--Heyman

I've mentioned Mike Gonzalez of the Orioles several times, he's been superb versus LH bats, and discussed Grabow that time as well.

Fuentes used to be very good, but has struggled a bit this year, and got into a public argument with A's management through the media. However, he has been solid versus lefties, and almost the same versus RH's, and has been throughout his career...he's never really been used as a loogy.

Brian passed through because he's owed $5M next year as well. Add that to his displeasure with how he was being used, I'm sure the A's would give him away, and Doug has little interest...that said, he's still solid.

Also, Bill Bray passed through unclaimed. Bray is only signed for this season, and only making $650K, so many teams would love him, but CIN has little reason to deal, he's under team control for two more seasons.


8/29/2011 01:30:00 PM



(8/29/2011 01:18:00 PM) - Al

I sure am hearing a lot of positives about W's 9/11 interview, which was on National Geographic last night. Not a negative word yet, all discuss his leadership.

You realize if this would have happened under Obama's watch, his first response would have been to apologize.


8/29/2011 01:18:00 PM



(8/29/2011 12:52:00 PM) - Al

The same tired ideas, over and over. Surely, this $100B of unfunded money will get things going...even though the $800B of unfunded money failed miserably.

What an embarassment. Do they not teach economics at Harvard? Apparently, the best ideas are not thought of while playing golf.


8/29/2011 12:52:00 PM



(8/29/2011 12:16:00 PM) - Al

We always send the Rambling son to school with ziploc bags for the same reason I always ask for plastic bags at the grocery store...with sincere hopes that someone is offended by my choice.


8/29/2011 12:16:00 PM



(8/29/2011 12:14:00 PM) - Al

Heh. It's funny because it's true.


8/29/2011 12:14:00 PM



(8/29/2011 08:48:00 AM) - Al

New economic adviser predicted quick decrease in unemployment five months ago.

We're in the very best of hands.


8/29/2011 08:48:00 AM



(8/29/2011 08:46:00 AM) - Al

A few days remain until the August trade deadline, which is the same day as the deadline to be eligible to be on a postseason roster. I still think Doug is doing all he can to add a LH relief arm, and will "lower his expectations" in the coming days. I have not seen any reports of who he claimed and was unable to work out a deal, but Matt Thornton, who supposedly the White Sox and Crew had talks about in late July, was put on waivers last week, according to rumors.

Let's not forget, it takes two to tango. Pitching tends to be overrated this time of year, and teams may be asking for the moon, seeing a limited number of arms available.


8/29/2011 08:46:00 AM


Sunday, August 28, 2011

(8/28/2011 10:55:00 PM) - Al

My annual unpaid ad for the best tennis in the world...the hard courts at the US Open. And the best of the best? Late night, after about 10PM Central. It's astounding how often there is a very good match that stretches into tomorrow.

For many of you, it's not on USA anymore, ESPN2 has it these days.


8/28/2011 10:55:00 PM



(8/28/2011 10:54:00 PM) - Al

Felipe Lopez will report to Nashville tomorrow.


8/28/2011 10:54:00 PM



(8/28/2011 08:18:00 PM) - Al

You mean, there aren't millions of jobs waiting to be created that will also save the planet? Gosh, that's a shame.


8/28/2011 08:18:00 PM



(8/28/2011 06:22:00 PM) - Al

Brewers about 10K away from 3M tickets sold. They expect to come close to all-time high, but probably not break it.


8/28/2011 06:22:00 PM



(8/28/2011 04:55:00 PM) - Al

Djokovic says he uses an oxygen chamber, I believe the Mavericks, or some of them, chose to as well.

I assume it is similar to the oxygen chambers that promote wound healing. Until it is outlawed, excess oxygen is probably the next "cheat" athletes will use. Makes perfect sense.


8/28/2011 04:55:00 PM



(8/28/2011 04:07:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke said Axford was "off" and "has been used a lot." 64 games and 62.2 frames does put him a bit over projection for the 70 relief inning mark that is kind of unsaid, but kind of a standard in MLB (77 games, 75.1).

If the Crew is able to maintain their lead, you can bet Axford will not pitch in many, if any, non-save situations, the rest of the year. In a perfect world scenario, where the Crew clinches a playoff spot with some time left, you might see Axford not used on consecutive days.


8/28/2011 04:07:00 PM



(8/28/2011 03:40:00 PM) - Al

One of Axford's worst outings of the year, HR, two fly outs to the track, and velocity "down" to 92-93...yet he still gets the save.

This team is indeed blessed with good fortune.

One of the amazing things about Axford in his career is how fly HR's he's allowed...usually high velocity guys give up homers because they supply the power, and when you hang a breaking ball, it helps to supply the lift.

That's now 5 HRA in 128 career innings...but 4 this season. That probably goes hand-in-hand with his better control...around the plate more equals more pitches in the hitter's wheelhouse.


8/28/2011 03:40:00 PM



(8/28/2011 01:56:00 PM) - Al

The Charter guy is here to look at our internet...says we have bees on both things he wants to look at. He says he has bee spray, so he'll take care of it.

Maybe we can hire a bug guy to stop our internet outages.


8/28/2011 01:56:00 PM



(8/28/2011 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Comparing Obama to a box of hammers...not doing as good.


8/28/2011 01:54:00 PM



(8/28/2011 01:32:00 PM) - Al

The UK can sense the overreaction and "palpable disappointment" from across the ocean.

It was a big storm, no doubt, but whenever you promote it as "THE big storm" and it subsides, no one's going to listen when the actual doozy hits.


8/28/2011 01:32:00 PM



(8/28/2011 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Trying to stay balanced on my “home field advantage” skis, but remaining schedule certainly lays out “Advantage Brewers”….

I’m sure you’ve looked at this but the lid on MP may have had a big bearing on keeping September less stressful:

Brewers
28 games remaining (12 road – 16 home)

4 off days for now (8/29; 9/12; 9/15; 9/22)



Phillies
31 games remaining (20 road – 11 home)

0 off days

2 doubleheaders (9/15, 9/20)


Also see a late start for Philly at Atlanta the night before the Milwaukee series. Not a long flight, but undesirably late despite gaining the hour.

Loren



I'm far from concerned about home field...short series are a crapshoot, a couple fine performances by Halladay and Hamels...or Gallardo and Marcum, is far more likely to swing a possible MIL/PHIL LCS. Thanks for the info and legwork.


8/28/2011 01:06:00 PM



(8/28/2011 12:40:00 PM) - Al

Laura Schara is one of maybe five women in the world who can make this look good.


8/28/2011 12:40:00 PM



(8/28/2011 12:33:00 PM) - Al

You can almost see the Royals inevitable demise reading this article. A 60something win team saying they're tow pitchers away? The Brewers win totals were in the high 70's two years before they picked up Marcum and Greinke. KC needs to keep doing things the right way, just like PIT has. They can undo years of growth by chasing that 75th win.


8/28/2011 12:33:00 PM



(8/28/2011 11:56:00 AM) - Al

Where are people getting the story that Prince Fielder signed a contract extension from?--Doug Russell

This was the twitter message I woke up to this AM from the Milwaukee radio host. I have not heard anything about it. Updates please.

Hank


I heard something last night about his walk-up music...first that he was going to do something different and use a different song wach PA, and then that he had indeed done that. With some digging, I found he had played "Money" by Pink Floyd and then "I am getting paid" by Akon. He also was visited by a Make A Wish kid yesterday afternoon, so maybe she wanted him to use them, who knows?

Prince is a young adult who has always been a bit child-like...he gets very upset at times, remember his dugout confrontation with Parra, his attempt to get at Mota, but he settles down quickly and acts like it is nothing 5 minutes later. From his HR celebrations to his Monsters Inc thing he and his kids came up with, he's not a normal guy.

Realistically, Prince could have decided he wants to stay in MIL, and Doug/Mark have done very quiet extensions before, both of Braun's, for example. Someone mentioned that the commissioner's office is closed until Monday, so the paperwork would not be filed yet.

That said, Scott Boras is an attention whore, and the idea of this being done with no media knowledge at all seems very, very remote. Also, common sense tells us there's no way MIL will pay as much, or for as long, as Prince is going to get in literally, just 90 days or so.

Anything is possible, but the likelihood of this is very small, to say the least. If it is indeed Prince saying something about money, I would guess he signed an insurance policy guaranteeing him millions of dollars if he is injured the rest of the season.


8/28/2011 11:56:00 AM


Saturday, August 27, 2011

(8/27/2011 07:28:00 PM) - Al

The National Weather Service...a government agency that costs too much and isn't as good as private companies.

Where have we heard that before?


8/27/2011 07:28:00 PM



(8/27/2011 05:33:00 PM) - Al

The JS also reports Doug has allowed Felipe Lopez's agent to find another team, no hurry about him reporting to Nashville. A September call-up sounds unlikely, barring injury, with Weeks due to return shortly.


8/27/2011 05:33:00 PM



(8/27/2011 05:30:00 PM) - Al

GM Doug Melvin said he was awarded two waiver claims but couldn't work out deals with the clubs. Sounds like lefty relievers--JS

Can't believe these teams want so much for a month of a loogy.


8/27/2011 05:30:00 PM



(8/27/2011 04:18:00 PM) - Al

Ann catches Bradley being the aggressor and talking down to Prosser...in her own words.

Ms. Bradley is one tiny step away from needing medical help to protect herself. Imagine the outcry if Dave Prosser had ran across the room and yelled at her? If not for the old media leaning so far left, Bradley would be in a "facility" somewhere, on drugs that go for $50 on the street. She's a loon.

At the very least, she filed a false report, or lied to the police. That's what crazy people do when confronted with the truth.


8/27/2011 04:18:00 PM



(8/27/2011 03:59:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke says club considered (calling up) Gamel, but went with Green because of 3B experience.--AP

Looks like Green may get a chance to play in place of Casey at times, though I doubt it will be more than once a week.


8/27/2011 03:59:00 PM



(8/27/2011 03:35:00 PM) - Al

Green won't be the only player from Nashville on the roster in a few days. Once September 1 rolls around and rosters expand, we should see a pinch-running specialist from AA, a third catcher, a glut of relievers, and Mat Gamel.--Brew Crew Ball

I double checked, there is no PR specialist in AA. I wonder why these sites are not taken seriously by any real fans.

Facts need not match what is written by the too cool for school folks.


8/27/2011 03:35:00 PM



(8/27/2011 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Another day, another nanny state cop shuts down some kid's drink stand.

Maybe the hurricane will at least give them something constructive to do.


8/27/2011 02:45:00 PM



(8/27/2011 02:11:00 PM) - Al

They picked a bad weekend to have the Final Four for the pro lacrosse league. It's pouring rain in Maryland, and the camera guys must be under orders not to show the stands, which are as barren as a liberal's fiscal restraint.

Luckily however, Denver brought their cheerleaders. When the action is on the left side of the field, the top of the screen is dominated by a half-dozen athletic young women in short shorts, wondering if they'll be able to fly home for free if they quit right now.

The announcer just called it "car wash conditions"...I guess they play lacrosse in anything.


8/27/2011 02:11:00 PM



(8/27/2011 12:25:00 PM) - Al

New Yorkers have no idea how despised they are, do they?


8/27/2011 12:25:00 PM



(8/27/2011 11:45:00 AM) - Al

This might be Chris Christie's finest moment.

Compare this to Nawlins mayor a decade ago saying, "Um, I don't know, but we need more money!"


8/27/2011 11:45:00 AM


Friday, August 26, 2011

(8/26/2011 11:35:00 PM) - Al

People on Twitter wondering if Green is up to replace McGehee or Hairston.

Casuals are so funny.


8/26/2011 11:35:00 PM



(8/26/2011 11:11:00 PM) - Al

From the Brewers' home page:

Saves

1. John Axford--37

2. Kameron Loe--1

Seventeen others tied with 0


Heh.




8/26/2011 11:11:00 PM



(8/26/2011 10:53:00 PM) - Al

With Estrada and Narveson back in the bullpen tomorrow, Dillard goes down, Taylor Green comes up.

They must have felt Green was a better add than Lopez, as I assume Taylor took Felipe's 40 man spot. Lopez is a switch-hitter and can play SS, but hasn't done either of those very well of late.

Not sure if Green will get starts at 2B or 3B, or just PH. I would think he at least might fit into the mix, as otherwise, Gamel would have got the call if they just needed a bench bat. One thing I've been thinking is that Hairston is both older and not used to playing every day. He looks solid, but he might wear down playing 9 games of 10.

ADDED: As I think about it, while he may be used almost entirely off the bench, it's probably better to have a 2B/3B on the postseason roster than a 1B who can also play 3B/LF/RF. Both are lefty bats.


8/26/2011 10:53:00 PM



(8/26/2011 10:33:00 PM) - Al

Lucroy needs to stop putting his glove on the ground before every breaking pitch from Axford. I don't know if the Cubs were relaying that to the hitter ot not, but it did seem strange they were on every single 97 mph fastball and huge curveball after the first couple batters.

I gotta agree with Bill S, that 3-2 curve may have been the worst pitch call of the season. I get the idea, but make him hit his way on, and the fastball is more likely to be called a strike.


8/26/2011 10:33:00 PM



(8/26/2011 09:39:00 PM) - Al

There's apparently a new celebration for big Brewers hits. I'm not versed enough in animated movies to know what it is.--Adam, MLB.com

If they wanted to ensure other teams would not notice, they'd do the Roseanne Barr "grab your crotch and spit" thing.


8/26/2011 09:39:00 PM



(8/26/2011 09:20:00 PM) - Al

On that pitching note, Narveson sounds like he's unavailable until at least tomorrow, and Estrada also a no go until then. 13 man staff, but only 6 relievers available.


8/26/2011 09:20:00 PM



(8/26/2011 09:20:00 PM) - Al

Is KRod healthy? We'll soon see.


8/26/2011 09:20:00 PM



(8/26/2011 09:16:00 PM) - Al

New Yorkers ignore warnings.

Remember what Rudy said on New Year's Eve, 1999...if we tell people not to show up, we'll get twice as many.



8/26/2011 09:16:00 PM



(8/26/2011 09:14:00 PM) - Al

Gomez may be activated early next week. Weeks not ready to go on rehab, TV team said a couple weeks before they expected him in MIL.


8/26/2011 09:14:00 PM



(8/26/2011 08:56:00 PM) - Al

Only in Miller Park would a 2B be called for an error as he hustles over to catch the ball and try and find the base.

It's like the scorer goes out of his way to be an idiot.


8/26/2011 08:56:00 PM



(8/26/2011 02:21:00 PM) - Al

When they say to stock up on canned goods, does that include beer?--Nate Silver

There may be a bigger nerd on the planet, but I have yet to find them. Painfully unfunny.


8/26/2011 02:21:00 PM



(8/26/2011 02:17:00 PM) - Al

People that don't understand how Carlos Gomez is in the big leagues must really wonder how DeWayne Wise has had a career.

Compare the two, Gomez is like an all-star to Wise's AAA ballplayer. A 600ish career OPS? .273 OBP? Seriously, Wise better have the arm of Clemente and the range of...well, Gomez.


8/26/2011 02:17:00 PM



(8/26/2011 02:15:00 PM) - Al

If I didn't know better, I'd swear the old media leans left.


8/26/2011 02:15:00 PM



(8/26/2011 01:23:00 PM) - Al

My paternal grandmother’s name was Irene, by the way. Just thought you should know that.--Craig C, Hardball Times

I never thought someone could write so badly and so self-importantly that I would ignore a site Gleeman writes at, but, Craig is simply so boorish and unfunny, I hardly ever visit the NBC.com HT site anymore. No one gives a damn about him, yet he works himself and his opinions into almost every post. That's what personal blogs are for. It's painful how he has taken the site from "must read" to "must miss" in my eyes.


8/26/2011 01:23:00 PM



(8/26/2011 01:15:00 PM) - Al

The National Anthem reminds us all freedom is not free, and that America wasn't founded on handouts and taking, but on people who believed in limited government.

The idea this incredibly lame college (The Fighting Mennonites? Crikey.) doesn't want to respect how we were founded and wants to rewrite history in its pathetic way...that's why they're some tiny stuck-up private school no one gives a damn about.


8/26/2011 01:15:00 PM



(8/26/2011 01:01:00 PM) - Al

I realize you have to plan for the worst (see New Orleans, which doesn't believe in planning at all), but unless you live in a beach home, the large population areas of the Northeast won't be bothered much. In New York City, only low lying areas of Manhattan are in danger, according to Mayor Bloomberg.

Lots of New Yorkers are likely headed to their summer homes/cabins in the Hamptons this weekend anyway. You realize, I doubt the evacuation demands will be heeded by many, as let's be honest, New Yorkers are an independent, tough group. Especially those who live in high rises, I doubt they are afraid of water and such if they live on the 4th (or 14th) floor.


8/26/2011 01:01:00 PM



(8/26/2011 12:39:00 PM) - Al

MLB.com looks at the Crew's chances, along with quotes from scouts.

I'm most surprised that Braun has a higher OPS than Fielder. I guess I assumed Prince's OBP was higher due to his walks, and Prince's SLG was higher due to his HR's. Apparently, I'm wrong. Take this into consideration when some clown tells you, "I know, I watch the games." All that is...a way to throw out opinions without doing research.


8/26/2011 12:39:00 PM



(8/26/2011 12:17:00 PM) - Al

Why is Obama still in the Vineyard? It does seem very strange all these officials are asking people to be prepared, to leave soon, and so on, and he's still there.

Another PR gaffe? I'm sure, but this is such an easy one, it's painful.


8/26/2011 12:17:00 PM



(8/26/2011 11:44:00 AM) - Al

After skimming through 70 pages on the Bradley court incident (read the notes, she comes off horribly):

1. Bradley may well have "issues," and I wonder if she should be on the court. When your peers think you need anger management classes and they have to cross off what drugs/counseling you are on, I'm not sure the high court is a proper occupation.

2. Bradley seems to be the aggressor, and the only one who felt the need to make this go public. The entire incident is her fault, yet she blames others...stop me if this sounds familiar.

3. How pathetic. I'd use the word loon, but I wouldn't want to offend any large birds who may be reading.


8/26/2011 11:44:00 AM



(8/26/2011 12:06:00 AM) - Al

MSNBC gets rid of one of their flaming liberals. Check out her conversation with the Congressman who has an economics degree. That's funny stuff.

ADDED: I forget many of you read this at work and can't get to many links because they are blocked. Text added below:

REP. MO BROOKS (R-ALA.): During the six years [Obama has] been in Washington, our accumulated national debt has increased by more than 50 percent. And what has President Obama’s response been now, and as a senator? To increase spending even more — not to cut it, but to increase spending even more. Two years as a freshman senator, the debt goes up $400 billion because of deficits. Two years when he’s in the majority of the United States Senate, it goes up $1.8 trillion dollars –”

BREWER: “But congressman –”

BROOKS: “– and now it’s $2.8 trillion while he’s president.”

BREWER: “You’re simplifying the issues that were on the plate of the nation at that point. I mean, we were looking at going . . . reverting into a depression at that point. Everyone, the Fed chairman –”

BROOKS: “Oh, I disagree that we were going into a depression, but go ahead.”

BREWER: “Do you have a degree in economics?”

BROOKS: “Yes, ma’am, I do — highest honors.”


8/26/2011 12:06:00 AM


Thursday, August 25, 2011

(8/25/2011 11:49:00 PM) - Al

Brandon Boggs is 0-24 since August 10th. Not that important, but Counsell's 0-35 is not as out of the ordinary as you'd think.

It does not mean Counsell, or Boggs, are "done." It does mean they can't get a break.


8/25/2011 11:49:00 PM



(8/25/2011 11:42:00 PM) - Al

Martin Maldonado strikes out a lot, probably the result of a long swing, but he has had a very good year...for a catcher...offensively. Between AA and AAA, .375/.450 is a nice line.

I'm surprised we haven't heard more teams asking about him...earlier this season, HOU wanted Drew Butera because he's solid behind the plate. He literally can't hit at all, I doubt if he's matched the Brewers pitcher's production.


8/25/2011 11:42:00 PM



(8/25/2011 09:42:00 PM) - Al

Now if you'll pardon me, I'm gonna go shuffle off in front of a truck.


8/25/2011 09:42:00 PM



(8/25/2011 09:19:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife bought two new floor lamps tonight at the Evil Empire. Our old ones were going going through 3-way bulbs about one a month, and the shade around the bulb had melted away over the dozen years we had them. Every once in a while, they would rain small white plastic pieces, as the shade slowly disintegrated. Tonight, after the Rambling wife changed the bulb, one of the shades fell off, leaning against the bulb. Friends, hot plastic does not smell pleasant.

I'm afraid they just don't make stuff like they used to.








8/25/2011 09:19:00 PM



(8/25/2011 08:06:00 PM) - Al

Thome accepts trade to CLE. Can't believe he had to think about it.


8/25/2011 08:06:00 PM



(8/25/2011 07:01:00 PM) - Al

I'm watching Saving Private Ryan from the beginning, first time since the theater in '98. That was before the Rambling son and the Rambling dog, for crying out loud.


8/25/2011 07:01:00 PM



(8/25/2011 06:27:00 PM) - Al

NYC says mass transit being shut down on Saturday afternoon, likely until Monday.

Do not count on the government helping you get through an emergency. When the going gets tough, you have to take it upon yourself to have supplies on hand, medicines, and enough food/water for a week.


8/25/2011 06:27:00 PM



(8/25/2011 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Meghan McCain talks to her mom, who is over in Africa at a refugee camp.

Parts of Africa have been a disaster since I was a kid, and continues to be. Whatever they've been doing, they need to think out of the box and quit throwing money down the toilet.


8/25/2011 05:38:00 PM



(8/25/2011 05:02:00 PM) - Al

This piece on Axford should be called, "Why Scouts Sign Guys With Velocity."

Also, why I'd spend more on minor league coaching than other teams. If Axford stays healthy long enough to sign a long-term deal, he should give Dabney and Tunnell 10% each.


8/25/2011 05:02:00 PM



(8/25/2011 04:57:00 PM) - Al

Nice mention of Scooter Gennett, Ramblings #2 prospect and overlooked by many who don't understand how young and inexperienced he is for his league.

Why anyone cares he's 5-9 is beyond me. Give me a short kid that can hit any day of the week.


8/25/2011 04:57:00 PM



(8/25/2011 01:24:00 PM) - Al

Perry is almost just assumed as the intelligent comparison to Obama.

Too many taxes, regulations, and bureaucrats? Really? Who would have guessed?


8/25/2011 01:24:00 PM



(8/25/2011 01:19:00 PM) - Al

Stossel explains why everything we're taught is wrong.

I've heard many people insist the minimum wage being raised the last time is why unemployment is so high (especially teenage unemployment).


8/25/2011 01:19:00 PM



(8/25/2011 12:47:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Could you comment on this piece? It seems very strange, as you and many others have just assumed the Brewers would bring up a 3rd catcher, and here it is labeled unlikely.

Thanks.

GHB


That is one of the strangest posts I've ever read online, as it is almost as if the author is unaware of well reported facts, and has little to no understanding of the game.

1. Scarpetta is all but certain to be given another option by MLB, but the Brewers cannot ask for one until after the season. Also, saying a kid in AA with a 4 ERA and who walks 5 BB per 9 IP will be ready to pitch in a KRod/Axford role...next season? Optimism abounds, I guess.

2. Eric Farris does not have defensive flexibility, he is a 2B who has played some SS this season to see if he can be a utility guy. He would be the 5th SS in MIL, at best, though he may well come up as a PR.

3. Maldonado is on the 40, and is a good defender. A third catcher is always nice to have, just in case, but the roster crunch often does not allow it. Assuming he will not come up seems very odd.

4. If Taylor Green should have been up in July, whose spot should he have taken? Considering Counsell is able to play 2B/SS/3B very well, and Josh Wilson has been platooning at 2B, playing versus LHP, a task not well suited for the LH hitting Green, I'm not sure where he would have fit in.

5. Braddock may not even be with Nashville? Wasn't that weeks ago when Gord announced "personal problems" for Zach? Also in the news, Weeks has been out of the lineup for a while.


8/25/2011 12:47:00 PM



(8/25/2011 12:18:00 PM) - Al

Votto is having a nearly identical year to '10, when he was MVP. Why is he not being considered for MVP this season? Because goofballs like Tom H put ridiculous, made-up criteria into the award, which has made it all but as useless as the Gold Gloves...given to the best defensive players...that are good offensive players.


8/25/2011 12:18:00 PM


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

(8/24/2011 11:03:00 PM) - Al

Gotta start attacking Perry as well as Romney.

They're going to have to start attacking common sense soon.


8/24/2011 11:03:00 PM



(8/24/2011 09:58:00 PM) - Al

Matt Thornton, lefty reliever of the White Sox who the Brewers asked about in late July, was finally placed on waivers today. I can't believe the Brewers won't make a claim, but others may beat them to it. He is a bit overpaid, so it's possible he'll skip to MIL.


8/24/2011 09:58:00 PM



(8/24/2011 09:22:00 PM) - Al

Rick Perry has good sized lead in almost every demo group.

I wish the old media would stop trying to pretend IA still means something.


8/24/2011 09:22:00 PM



(8/24/2011 09:03:00 PM) - Al

Former Orioles' pitcher Mike Flanagan found dead, being reported as a suicide by a TV station in BAL.

He split time on O's TV with Jim Palmer. Palmer is on the current trip.

Have no recollection of him being a GM.


8/24/2011 09:03:00 PM



(8/24/2011 08:41:00 PM) - Al

George Will tells it like it is...unions launder money to the Democratic party, and that's what this is all about. Without those auto deductions, the union is out of cash.


8/24/2011 08:41:00 PM



(8/24/2011 05:57:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling wife and myself limited our vacation to only $7M this year...didn't want to offend the commoners.


8/24/2011 05:57:00 PM



(8/24/2011 05:46:00 PM) - Al

Parra to have elbow surgery, should be ready by next year.


8/24/2011 05:46:00 PM



(8/24/2011 04:57:00 PM) - Al

Brewers report Felipe Lopez cleared waivers and was outrighted to NashvilleSounds. Was designated for assignment Sunday.--Adam, MLB.com

No word if a September callup is part of the arrangement. If they don't need his 40 man spot, I would assume he'll be back.


8/24/2011 04:57:00 PM



(8/24/2011 04:43:00 PM) - Al

It took Biden forever to say the US sucks, Communism is great, yada, yada, yada.

Joe would take half-an-hour to make a 3 minute egg. He's a heartbeat away...


8/24/2011 04:43:00 PM



(8/24/2011 04:21:00 PM) - Al

Going to see the Nats tonight. Bought tickets on StubHub for $3. That's right $3. Looks like a great night for a game, lots more tix avail.--twitter

I've been told by several people they don't even check the Brewers' site anymore, just go right to Stub Hub. For teams out of the race, $1 weeknight seats and $3 weekend seats are not only common, but easy to find. Often, you can print your tickets right at home.



8/24/2011 04:21:00 PM



(8/24/2011 04:20:00 PM) - Al

The Yankees claimed Carlos Pena, not the Crew.


8/24/2011 04:20:00 PM



(8/24/2011 04:15:00 PM) - Al

For those curious, Saturday and Sunday's games are all but sold out, may have singles and pairs if you call and ask, but they are selling SRO (for $22, heh). They are on the last section of terrace reserved down the RF line for Friday, so again, call and beg.


8/24/2011 04:15:00 PM



(8/24/2011 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Weeks will see the doctor Friday, if cleared, will head out to rehab, likely return 9/1, just like Gomez.


8/24/2011 04:01:00 PM



(8/24/2011 02:14:00 PM) - Al

Brewers/Cubs moved to TBS, due to weather on east coast.

EDIT: Changed, earlier note said ESPN. I misread.


8/24/2011 02:14:00 PM



(8/24/2011 02:12:00 PM) - Al

Once again, you have to go across the ocean to find an old media outlet that portrays the military as heroes.


8/24/2011 02:12:00 PM



(8/24/2011 02:10:00 PM) - Al

Axford on with two outs in 8th, I assume will still pitch the 9th if it goes that far.

Nice job thinking ahead.


8/24/2011 02:10:00 PM



(8/24/2011 02:06:00 PM) - Al

I doubt KRod is 100%, as they do not seem to want to let him pitch in anything besides the 8th inning with a lead. Axford, barring a 9th inning comeback, is going to get almost a week off as well.


8/24/2011 02:06:00 PM



(8/24/2011 01:26:00 PM) - Al

What was PHIL thinking letting Grilli go? He's basically Axford part two.


8/24/2011 01:26:00 PM



(8/24/2011 01:06:00 PM) - Al

Carlos Pena of the Cubs was claimed on waivers by an unknown team.--Olney

Pena is a name that jumped out as me as a possible waiver acquisition. Wouldn't surprise me at all if it was the Crew was that team.


8/24/2011 01:06:00 PM



(8/24/2011 12:20:00 PM) - Al

But we don't want to be short on areas. We want to be pretty specific with what we want, maybe a defensive guy, maybe a basestealer.--Roenicke on September additions

Where's Mel Stocker or Joey Gathright? Eric Farris stole 70 a few years ago, but is far heavier and more muscular now.

EDIT: Neither Joey or Mel are still active, by the way. While Eric has never approached his 70 SB/6 CS numbers of 2009, he has had 33 SB/9 CS the past two seasons, a very good percentage.


8/24/2011 12:20:00 PM



(8/24/2011 11:53:00 AM) - Al

Lucroy chose to yield the run and not take the contact there. I know that's the philosophy of many teams since the Posey incident...the A's have stated they don't want to lose a player over a run, but not sure if that's the Brewers' or Lucroy's decision.


8/24/2011 11:53:00 AM



(8/24/2011 11:45:00 AM) - Al

Surprised Corey did not try to score, as McCutchen has a weak arm, though his throw was accurate. Especially with a lefty on the mound, I thought that was a better chance than hoping Prince got a hit.


8/24/2011 11:45:00 AM



(8/24/2011 12:25:00 AM) - Al

Former Brewer reliever Mike Ignasiak is playing in the US Amateur in Milwaukee.

Sadly, I remembered him as a middle reliever right away. I bet 98% of those who read the article have no recollection of him.


8/24/2011 12:25:00 AM


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

(8/23/2011 11:01:00 PM) - Al

On July 26, Brewers were a half-game out in NL Central. Tonight, on Aug. 23, they have a 10-game lead. Pretty amazing 28 days.--JS

Why you won't hear me being overconfident.

I look at it just the same as if the Crew was down 10. I would say they could easily get hot and with a good 20 game stretch, get right back in it, win 14 of 20. Most of all, they'd need whoever was ahead of them to slump, maybe go 7-13. That's all it takes to lose a lead as well. That scenario would mean a 3 game lead with a week and a half left.

If the Crew wins 24 of their next 28, there are no concerns. However, such a historic streak is unlikely, as they just did it once.


8/23/2011 11:01:00 PM



(8/23/2011 10:39:00 PM) - Al

I keep getting e-mails about who the Crew will call up 9/1. Now, this is over a week away, so I'm not sure what the rush is, but I assume a third catcher will be added, and since Martin Maldonado is on the 40, that seems pretty obvious.

Gomez will be added as soon as he is able to play. I would assume Gamel will also be brought back right away. Assuming they go back to a dozen arms, I assume either DLC or Dillard will return, as well as perhaps one other pitcher. There are not many choices of those already on the 40, except Peralta or Scarpetta, both very young, though both have been starting all season and should be stretched. I also think Daniel Herrera may return, either on 9/1 or after the Nashville season concludes on Labor Day.

Eric Farris is still on the 40, and would seem to be a possibility for his PR skills, though his speed is just above average. Taylor Green can play 2B/3B, and has had a very good campaign, but is not on the 40.

Considering Doug is still rumored to be on the prowl for a RH bat off the bench, and/or a lefty for the bullpen, I doubt if there will be others.

Finally, I did not mention Mike McClendon, who I assume will soon be Mets' property. If he is not, Mike has been solid in AAA, and would be welcome.


8/23/2011 10:39:00 PM



(8/23/2011 10:00:00 PM) - Al

Biden's position on China's one child policy....completely different than yesterday.

My goodness. If ever they have to make an actual decision, you know, on something other than spending everyone else's money on pork in blue districts.


8/23/2011 10:00:00 PM



(8/23/2011 08:20:00 PM) - Al

The fact Estrada has outpitched Greinke during their starts should drive Zack up the wall...but I bet it doesn't.

I'm about the only person who has been riding the Marco bandwagon since he was signed in the offseason before the '10 season. We have no idea if all five SP's will return next year, but with Estrada and Wily Peralta (and, I should mention Michael Fiers, who has been very solid in AA/AAA, better than Wily even), rotation depth will not be the cause of a lot of sleepless nights in the coming months.

John Sickels said the Crew had the worst farm system in MLB a few months ago. The irony is, they have no fewer than 8-10 future big leaguers, of various degrees of merit, at AAA Nashville alone. Dig a little deeper next time, John.

EDIT, by popular request: Peralta, Fiers, McClendon, Maldonado, Gamel, Green, Gindl, Schafer...and possibly Rivas, Farris, Herrera.


8/23/2011 08:20:00 PM



(8/23/2011 08:04:00 PM) - Al

BA started to say earlier that the Crew intends to utilize the off days with the rotation, so I assume they will skip Narveson. Right now, they have 13 pitchers, so if they are only going to use 4 SP's through next week, nine RP's seems like overkill.

So, as of Friday, it seems likely we'll see a position player added, and either Dillard or DLC sent down.


8/23/2011 08:04:00 PM



(8/23/2011 04:01:00 PM) - Al

Germantown School District saves nearly double what they expected on health insurance changes. Our reforms are working.--Governor Walker

You mean to tell me a union run monopoly was ripping off the taxpayers?

I'm shocked...shocked I tell you.


8/23/2011 04:01:00 PM



(8/23/2011 03:54:00 PM) - Al

Dioner Navarro and Felix Pie DFA'd.

Both good role players, especially Navarro, who is a plus hitter versus LHP. Pie is a very good defender who is a lot like Tony Gwynn Jr. His offense is passable versus RHP, but he is so bad versus LHP he might be holding the bat upside-down. Might platoon someday in a huge CF like COL or SD. HOU might look to him now that Bourn is gone.

Pie and former Brett Carroll would be an effective, cheap CF platoon for someone.


8/23/2011 03:54:00 PM



(8/23/2011 03:41:00 PM) - Al

Gleeman notices Wandy rates 18th of 83 SP's...that's really good, and that's why he makes what he does.


8/23/2011 03:41:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:47:00 PM) - Al

Rockies claim Wandy, talks ongoing.


8/23/2011 02:47:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:45:00 PM) - Al

Wandy---3.32 ERA since 2008
Yo------3.62
Greinke-3.41
Marcum--3.49

Sure he's paid a lot, he deserves to be.


8/23/2011 02:45:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:37:00 PM) - Al

Wandy has a 3.32 ERA and a 3-1 K/BB ratio over the past 4 seasons. I don't think he's overpaid at all.


8/23/2011 02:37:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:28:00 PM) - Al

Giants expected to claim Bell due to bullpen injuries, keep him from going to ARI.


8/23/2011 02:28:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:20:00 PM) - Al

DC did not claim Wandy.


8/23/2011 02:20:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:11:00 PM) - Al

The Diamondbacks acquired second baseman Aaron Hill and shortstop John McDonald from the Blue Jays for Kelly Johnson.--KTAR

Puzzling as all get out. Hill has been awful for two years, Johnson having a down season too.

EDIT: Rosenthal reporting TOR wanted the draft pick because Johnson is a FA, while Hill has options. Draft pick for McDonald, basically.


8/23/2011 02:11:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:09:00 PM) - Al

Blue Jays press conference at 330 ET. No confirmation on whether it's about Wandy. They have had interest.--Rosenthal

That AL East is full of talent. Even the Orioles have lots of young talent, just not enough depth yet.


8/23/2011 02:09:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:05:00 PM) - Al

They just did the firecracker, or bowling pin, celebration after a HR on the Little League WS.

The Giants have announced they intend to schedule a game with the offenders just so Barry Zito can throw inside.


8/23/2011 02:05:00 PM



(8/23/2011 02:00:00 PM) - Al

Damage in DC from earthquake appears to be quite intense.


8/23/2011 02:00:00 PM



(8/23/2011 01:41:00 PM) - Al

Early speculation among rival teams is that WASH is the team that placed claim on Wandy Rodriguez; they need a veteran SP for '12 rotation.-Olney


8/23/2011 01:41:00 PM



(8/23/2011 01:35:00 PM) - Al

Yankees, DBacks saying they did not claim Wandy. By process of elimination, should know in a couple hours.


8/23/2011 01:35:00 PM



(8/23/2011 01:31:00 PM) - Al

Supply and demand at work.

The farmer's market we attend is usually only about half-full of vendors, though this past Saturday, it was near capacity. I am always amused by the fact they are more expensive than the neighborhood grocery, so it really has to be appealing for me to buy anything. The thing we buy most, by far, is egg rolls from a fair like cart that is often there.


8/23/2011 01:31:00 PM



(8/23/2011 01:18:00 PM) - Al

Wandy Rodriguez claimed on waivers, HOU may just let him go, owed $37M through 2014.

I don't think Wandy is overpaid at all to be honest, he's been very, very good in a hitter's park, albeit without much old media attention, for ages.


8/23/2011 01:18:00 PM



(8/23/2011 01:10:00 PM) - Al

Early reports are saying not only did most women "feel nothing" during the earthquake, they were unhappy with the entire experience, and would have much preferred cuddling.


8/23/2011 01:10:00 PM



(8/23/2011 01:05:00 PM) - Al

Reports are Gomez will go on a minor league rehab soon, and be activated 9/1. Weeks is hoping to go on rehab the first few days in September, and be activated once the minor league season ends, which is usually Labor Day. If unable to make it, they'll probably create some sort of instructional league for him in Arizona for a week or so.


8/23/2011 01:05:00 PM



(8/23/2011 01:02:00 PM) - Al

The Little League kids played right through the earthquake, being felt throughout the Northeast.


8/23/2011 01:02:00 PM



(8/23/2011 12:55:00 PM) - Al

Pat Summit has early onset dementia, but will continue to coach. Surprised to see so many kind words, as Summit, in every interview and courtside moment I've ever seen, is one of the grumpiest, most negative human beings on the planet.

I know many people with this issue, and most are far older than her, and most you'd never know have it. With proper treatment and early detection, I'd say she can expect to live a full, nearly normal life...of course, there is as many levels to this as there are people who have it.


8/23/2011 12:55:00 PM



(8/23/2011 12:46:00 PM) - Al

$500K to Nevada for planting trees created one job, and 11 temporary ones.

I, for one, am shocked, shocked, that pork spending in a blue state failed to have the desired result. The question does not matter, as the answer remains the same...the government sucks at it.


8/23/2011 12:46:00 PM



(8/23/2011 12:17:00 PM) - Al

Boehner blast Biden for his pro-China statements.

I'm pro-choice, but I'm not for the government making the decisions, to say the least. No matter how low the bar is set for Biden (Don't screw up!"), he struggles to meet even minimal expectations.

Praising China for such restrictions is about as close as you'll get to a public approval of the holocaust. It is simply astounding how far over their heads these guys are.

But don't worry, when Obama gets back from vacation, he's going to have a new, better, and effective jobs creation policy. It's been 30 months. It ain't happening. Even Carter is shaking his head.


8/23/2011 12:17:00 PM



(8/23/2011 11:58:00 AM) - Al

1. I'm struggling to comprehend how many ignorant goofballs are cringing because the Brewers are on the SI cover. Geez, grow the hell up.

2. The article can be found here. It sounds like a bunch of adults playing a kid's game, which is exactly what you'd expect. Note the envy Tony Gwynn Jr. seems to have that he is not part of it anymore.

After hearing the Cards' dugout and team called "joyless" the other day, the Crew might be the exact opposite.


8/23/2011 11:58:00 AM


Monday, August 22, 2011

(8/22/2011 10:16:00 PM) - Al

Dozens of women bared their breasts Sunday in a protest for gender equality that attracted so many gawkers that traffic on city streets slowed to a crawl.

Onlookers jammed into the area around the Vance Monument cheered and snapped photos as topless women, accompanied by men wearing bras or bikini tops, danced on the nearby fountain. Police estimated the crowd at its peak at around 2,000.

Like many in attendance, Asheville resident Gus Gustafson said it was curiosity that attracted him to the unusual spectacle.--Asheville Citizen Times


I give Gus credit for keeping a straight face, and for coming up with a big word like "curiosity" on the spot like that.


8/22/2011 10:16:00 PM



(8/22/2011 10:09:00 PM) - Al

Good to see DLC get the 9th. He looked like he was afraid to use his fastball last inning, and the results were predictable. Brewers will pick up a half-game tonight with SL losing.


8/22/2011 10:09:00 PM



(8/22/2011 08:38:00 PM) - Al

Greinke would much rather challenge someone 3-2 rather than 0-0. That way, he can go 6 innings instead of 8.


8/22/2011 08:38:00 PM



(8/22/2011 07:55:00 PM) - Al

Greinke with next to nothing thus far. Hope he settles in...soon.


8/22/2011 07:55:00 PM



(8/22/2011 07:30:00 PM) - Al

Wilson at 2B. I bet Yuni gets tomorrow or Wednesday off.


8/22/2011 07:30:00 PM



(8/22/2011 07:21:00 PM) - Al

MLB.com reports Roenicke said they "felt covered," did not have extra pitcher in PIT.


8/22/2011 07:21:00 PM



(8/22/2011 07:19:00 PM) - Al

So, Wilson at SS, then regular lineup for game two? Or, Wilson at 2B?


8/22/2011 07:19:00 PM



(8/22/2011 06:56:00 PM) - Al

Fallen Navy seal watched over by his best friend.

Rest in peace, sir, and good dog.


8/22/2011 06:56:00 PM



(8/22/2011 06:50:00 PM) - Al

See if Ryan and Prince get the 9th inning off. It's not much, but it's the thought that counts.


8/22/2011 06:50:00 PM



(8/22/2011 06:50:00 PM) - Al

Troy e-mails wondering if Hairston might play some SS when Weeks returns at 2B. I would think possibly some, but between platooning in CF and spelling Rickie, I doubt he'll get many games at SS.


8/22/2011 06:50:00 PM



(8/22/2011 06:34:00 PM) - Al

Bill S hinted the Brewers have another pitcher in PIT just in case they needed to add one between games. I have no idea if Narveson's split fingernail will heal in time for him to pitch in his next outing. Roenicke said yesterday he did not think they would.

As I have mentioned, with the two days off, they could easily skip a starter and add another position player (or two) this weekend.


8/22/2011 06:34:00 PM



(8/22/2011 05:35:00 PM) - Al

The Brewers have the 2nd best offense from their pitchers, ARI is better.


8/22/2011 05:35:00 PM



(8/22/2011 04:41:00 PM) - Al

Is it me, or did Lindsay Lohan turn 35 overnight? Lest not forget, a while back, Ms. Lohan looked like this.

Kids, stay in school, and don't do drugs.

She looks like all the cute girls from high school on my Facebook that I mistakenly think is their mom.


8/22/2011 04:41:00 PM



(8/22/2011 04:19:00 PM) - Al

DH today, day game Wednesday..4 games in less than 48 hours.

Baseball isn't a sprint, or as demanding as mining coal, but, it's a lot of baseball in a short amount of time, especially in late August. Roenicke probably smart to rest several of his regulars one game today. Might look to give everyone, except Fielder, a day, especially if they continue to play well.


8/22/2011 04:19:00 PM



(8/22/2011 04:09:00 PM) - Al

"Dumb tattoo!" - what I think every time I say "cool tattoo!"--Shelby Fero

Heh. Same as me, except I don't say anything.


8/22/2011 04:09:00 PM



(8/22/2011 03:36:00 PM) - Al

Al,

Isn't it strange that the Pirates have neither of their top two relief guys available when they play a doubleheader today? Would you say that's a lack of planning?

Matt


It certainly is a lack of planning, but it's also very common for managers to ignore the next day, because:

1. In theory, the starter might throw a complete game.

2. It could get rained out.

3. Could be a blowout.

The irony is, I forget who it was that said it, but the phrase "the starting staff determines how you use the bullpen" has always stuck with me, Roenicke is getting a lot of credit for his bullpen use since the break, but in reality, Doug deserves most of the credit, and the rest of it goes to how good Axford and company have been. When you can get away with not using (or barely using) your bottom two guys, your results are probably going to be very good.

I have a pretty good recollection of Yost, Macha, and Roenicke's usage patterns, and I can barely tell them apart. All tried to keep guys in specific jobs, and in Macha's case, worked almost perfectly when Hoffman was good in '09, though the starters often had trouble getting past the 6th and 7th. Early this year, Roenicke had the same problem, especially when Saito and Hawkins were out, and various lefties were ineffective. Of late, Ron really only has to manage 7 innings, making his job pretty simple...he doesn't even worry about double-switching, as hardly any of his guys go more than an inning often. When you have a rotation that averages over 6 frames a start, that's easy to do. Last year, the SP's averaged about 5.5. Since the break, they've averaged almost 7.

Back to the question at hand, today's situation for PIT is similar to how it usually works in the minors. Very rarely are guys used back-to-back days, and very rarely do guys pitch just to a batter or two...they want to ensure guys aren't overused, and they develop, not specialize. Also, everyone tends to get similar work in the minors, because even though you have your top prospects, no one develops without a chance.


8/22/2011 03:36:00 PM



(8/22/2011 03:17:00 PM) - Al

Thome and Carlos Pena both put on waivers today. I think the Brewers would prefer a RH (or SH) power bat, but if they want someone who can hit a HR, they probably are not going to do any better than those that.

Word is, Thome is unlikely to even get past the other AL teams.


8/22/2011 03:17:00 PM



(8/22/2011 02:12:00 PM) - Al

LH loaded lineup for game one, due to the extreme splits of Jeff Karstens I'm sure. If Lopez were still with the team, I bet he'd be playing 2B or 3B.

Tom from the JS can't be bothered clicking on a simple link, so he thinks the lineup is because Roenicke wants everyone to play. That might be part of it too, though Wilson would be the only reserve in the lineup for game two, if he does play SS or 2B.


8/22/2011 02:12:00 PM



(8/22/2011 01:49:00 PM) - Al

Question: What’s the difference between a Federal Jobs Creation Program and Kim Kardashian’s wedding?

Answer: Kim Kardashian’s wedding creates jobs.--Andrew Klavan


An acceptable answer would have been...wedding has no taxpayer waste.

So sad this is true.


8/22/2011 01:49:00 PM



(8/22/2011 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Here's an off the beaten track nomination for a loogy...Tom Gorzelanny, who has cleared waivers, and has only allowed 23% of LH hitters to reach this year.

He was starting for the Nats, but has been taken out of their rotation...value not very high right now.


8/22/2011 01:44:00 PM



(8/22/2011 01:35:00 PM) - Al

When you avoid doing something to keep from being photographed, you probably shouldn't be doing it.

Maybe electing someone based on a bumper sticker slogan isn't the best idea...


8/22/2011 01:35:00 PM



(8/22/2011 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Pirates won't have Hanrahan or Veras available to pitch in either game tonight; Hurdle mum on who would close, if needed.--Brewer Nation

Almost guarantees you PIT wins both games 12-3, doesn't it?


8/22/2011 01:29:00 PM


Sunday, August 21, 2011

(8/21/2011 10:40:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling dog got off his chain, so for 20 minutes that seemed like an hour, we wandered the cul-de-sac and street above the house, looking for our deaf black dog in the pitch black of night time.

Yeah, it was a challenge. I finally found him, he was literally 30 feet away from me, and I heard him, but never saw him, finally seeing movement.

I'll have to get to my thoughts on the Crew's expected record at a later time.


8/21/2011 10:40:00 PM



(8/21/2011 04:01:00 PM) - Al

If the Crew wants to add a bat to come off the bench before the end of the month, the schedule is favorable for them, as they have this Thursday and Monday off. They could easily go with one less pitcher for a few days with those days off, allowing them to add someone if they so desire.

Doug was said to be asking about a powerful bat for the bench and a lefty reliever way back before Weeks got hurt, and he still is, I'm sure, though he's not going to overpay, you can count on that.


8/21/2011 04:01:00 PM



(8/21/2011 03:37:00 PM) - Al

Lopez DFA'd, Narveson will be activated tomorrow, per postgame presser of Roenicke.

Good luck to Felipe, we'll see if he is offered a September spot if he stays with the team.


8/21/2011 03:37:00 PM



(8/21/2011 03:33:00 PM) - Al

Brewers have won 22 of 25 and sweep Mets on the road for first time ever. With one win in DH Monday in Pitt, will equal 2010 win total.--JS

And you know what? Last year's team wasn't "bad" at all, it's not like they were a 60 win team.


8/21/2011 03:33:00 PM



(8/21/2011 02:46:00 PM) - Al

Word out of SL is that the Cards probably will not offer arby to Skip Schumacher, as they would have to offer him more than they feel he's worth as a utility player.

If he can play all three OF positions and 2B, and have a nifty .350ish OBP as a LH bat, I could see him fitting in well on the Crew, maybe in the spot Kotsay has held down in '11.

Looking at his career splits, he has a 775 OPS versus RHP, so he will be in high demand from plenty of teams as a platoon 2B or CF, he's well above average offensively.


8/21/2011 02:46:00 PM



(8/21/2011 02:39:00 PM) - Al

Kotsay is having minor leg issues, something to keep in mind as we discuss who will br dropped when Narveson is activated. It apparently "tightened up" when he played LF after Braun was ejected Friday, and he limped noticeably as he scored in the 9th yesterday. 15 days off may be far more than he needs, but it may be an option, especially considering Lopez has played the OF.


8/21/2011 02:39:00 PM



(8/21/2011 02:17:00 PM) - Al

If that were me playing SS, I'd raise my hand and call it an error on myself. Looks like it went right off his glove.


8/21/2011 02:17:00 PM



(8/21/2011 01:58:00 PM) - Al

Yo missing location by a foot, pays for it. You can't split the plate in half to major league hitters.


8/21/2011 01:58:00 PM



(8/21/2011 12:31:00 PM) - Al

Mark A, Doug, and Gord are all in SD today, at Trevor Hoffman's retirement ceremony.

Too bad they could not have scheduled that for a day when the Crew was out there, though that's usually only three games a year.


8/21/2011 12:31:00 PM



(8/21/2011 12:25:00 PM) - Al

Axford yesterday, and Yo today, throwing high fastballs to Duda. "Keeping the ball down" is a cliche, and an untrue one when discussing LH bats with power. Fastballs up, breaking stuff down.

I don't think there's a pitcher in the game that uses the top of the zone better than Axford, though to be honest, I doubt he really knows where it's going.


8/21/2011 12:25:00 PM



(8/21/2011 12:11:00 PM) - Al

Remarkable how empty Citi Field is, considering 20M people live within an hour's drive.


8/21/2011 12:11:00 PM



(8/21/2011 12:03:00 PM) - Al

While most continue to talk about Doug's big trades for Marcum and Greinke, as well as KRod, I marvel at several other moves that barely were discussed, or added complementary pieces that have turned into key contributors.

Adding Kotsay for example. Finding the money to bring back Counsell. Taking a chance on Morgan, who was available all of March for a song. At the deadline, bringing aboard a high OBP guy who can play six positions, like Hairston. Signing a hard thrower with little history of success like DLC to a minor league deal. And perhaps the best, yet the quietest, was resigning Estrada, who many had questions about, due to Marco not revealing an injury untikl after he was sent down last season...and then not returning from his rehab as quickly as had been predicted.

Estrada was especially important due to the injury to Mark Rogers, as well as the fact no veteran SP's wanted to sign with MIL due to their rotation pretty much being set.


8/21/2011 12:03:00 PM



(8/21/2011 11:59:00 AM) - Al

The Brewers’ personality is like no other club’s. They are the anti-Cardinals, joyful instead of joyless, exuding energy. Their dugout erupted after they regained the lead in the ninth, and the players were still exchanging high-fives and hugs when they took the field for the bottom half, almost like a high-school team.--Rosenthal

That's one reason why free agents choose to play in MIL, and even the ones who leave (Sabathia, Cameron) continue to tell everyone who will listen (including teammates) how they enjoyed their time in MIL.


8/21/2011 11:59:00 AM



(8/21/2011 11:55:00 AM) - Al

If Valerie Smock would get more air time on Accuweather, I could end my pining for the return of Kate Bilo and Maria Molina.


8/21/2011 11:55:00 AM



(8/21/2011 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Narveson will start first game of doubleheader tomorrow. That's what I would do, as you can leave Greinke out there for 115-120 pitches if you have to, depending on the state of the bullpen.

If they wanted, they could have another arm in Pittsburgh ready to step in if Dillard or DLC had to go several frames. That's probably not necessary, as they look like they'll be adding Chris in the place of Lopez, so they're not really short on relievers.


8/21/2011 11:51:00 AM



(8/21/2011 01:00:00 AM) - Al

I'll have some stuff to say about the expected record versus actual record tomorrow. In the meantime, allow me to trow this nugget of info out there:

If all teams had the exact same amount of wins as you would "expect" by their run differential...MIL, SL, and CIN would all be within a half-game of each other.


8/21/2011 01:00:00 AM


Saturday, August 20, 2011

(8/20/2011 10:41:00 PM) - Al

Nashville turns a triple play, take a look. Logan Schafer may well be the CF in a couple years, if he can ever stay healthy, at least.


8/20/2011 10:41:00 PM



(8/20/2011 08:27:00 PM) - Al

If Lopez is DFA'd, CLE may well have an interest.


8/20/2011 08:27:00 PM



(8/20/2011 08:14:00 PM) - Al

I don't see any problem with Hairston, he isn't Gomez. I'm not sure Morgan makes those catches either. That liner was over his head and hit like a shot.


8/20/2011 08:14:00 PM



(8/20/2011 07:42:00 PM) - Al

I still see the Crew picking up a LH reliever before the end of the month. I still like Mike Gonzalez of BAL, who has been awful versus RH bats, but superb against lefties this year, and still throws hard.

And you know what? John Grabow has been very good against lefties this season too. I assume both of them would/have easily clear waivers.

For what it's worth, Gonzalez has been nearly perfect in August, Grabow has been solid as well.


8/20/2011 07:42:00 PM



(8/20/2011 06:53:00 PM) - Al

It wasn't even a one-run game, and the luck was just overwhelming. It's not often you win when you give up 9 runs, that's for sure. Nice road series win, with the Sunday game still to play.

The great things about luck...even if you realize it should even out over time, no one can ever take those W's off the board.

By the way, I would have sent Morgan on the fly ball/sac fly...I thought it would take a perfect throw to get the speedy Morgan, and I'm willing to risk that with Prince's DP possibility. I was feeling pretty smart when the throw bounced over the catcher, and Braun said, "Wow," in the dugout, as if to hint he thought it was deep enough.


8/20/2011 06:53:00 PM



(8/20/2011 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Lucky to get out of the 7th with the lead. Wolf and Saito have been very good, but neither had much in that frame.


8/20/2011 05:38:00 PM



(8/20/2011 05:13:00 PM) - Al

There's definitely a fire here.--Chris Rose

And he gets paid a lot of money.


8/20/2011 05:13:00 PM



(8/20/2011 05:02:00 PM) - Al

Possible market for Prince: MILW, WASH, Cubs, Rangers... Dodgers only if team is sold quickly (not likely), maybe Angels (but not likely).--Olney

I agree, Nats, Cubs, and Dodgers are my top three. Orioles round out the top four.

In addition to teams like the Yankees and Red Sox having a 1B, I just don't think Prince wants to be "just another guy" on a star-studded team.


8/20/2011 05:02:00 PM



(8/20/2011 04:57:00 PM) - Al

The recession is so bad, I saw a Mormon who had only one wife.--Doyle Brunson's Twitter

Easy, we're an equal opportunity offender. I make fun of poker playing Brewers' fans far more than anyone else.


8/20/2011 04:57:00 PM



(8/20/2011 04:50:00 PM) - Al

Capuano seems to have abandoned his outstanding pickoff move. Fear of balks?


8/20/2011 04:50:00 PM



(8/20/2011 04:29:00 PM) - Al

Twitter is alive with the fact that Tim McCarver apparently called Ryan Braun "Steve."

The irony? After calling him an idiot, they have now been told Steve Braun played MLB for parts of 15 seasons, and are responding with a collective "Really?"

I really gotta clean out my feed.


8/20/2011 04:29:00 PM



(8/20/2011 04:26:00 PM) - Al

Less than four minute speech by Herman Cain in Iowa. Worth your time. He out commonsenses our current leader by a margin of infinity to one.


8/20/2011 04:26:00 PM



(8/20/2011 04:08:00 PM) - Al

Things I remember being said, amongst the slew of crap:

You win a lot of games with 3 run homers--Jack Z

Almost every home run is just a terrible pitch.--Ken Macha

Through it all, those two things seem to ring true over and over again. I think Cappy just out-thought himself, deciding on a fastball to Prince, I think the count was 2-2. Hey, I abhor walks, but if your choices are to make good pitches to a top five hitter in MLB and maybe walk him, or challenge him with a sub 90 mph fastball, I'll tip my cap to him on his BB and face McGehee, who has been awful versus LHP.



8/20/2011 04:08:00 PM



(8/20/2011 02:51:00 PM) - Al

Assuming Brewers want to keep extra pitcher for Monday DH in Pitt, I'm guessing INF Felipe Lopez gets the boot.--JS

Heh. Tom's always a couple hours after me on these things. Coincidences.


8/20/2011 02:51:00 PM



(8/20/2011 02:47:00 PM) - Al

Am told by a solid source that Fiers would be Rule 5 Draft eligible after 2012 season.--Adam, MLB.com

He's 26 now, so it's probably unimportant anyway, except to roster geeks. It may impact his callup (or lack thereof) in a week and a half, however.

Just another byproduct of that awful Brewers' farm system, I might add.


8/20/2011 02:47:00 PM



(8/20/2011 02:40:00 PM) - Al

It seems unlikely to me the Crew will add Fiers unless he's needed to pitch in an important situation...by that, I mean he's unlikely to be brought up in September to pitch "garbage" innings. However, if they need a SP, all that is out the window.


8/20/2011 02:40:00 PM



(8/20/2011 02:34:00 PM) - Al

FYI, Adam now agrees Fiers is not Rule 5 eligible, and thus, would not have to be added to the 40 this offseason...unless he is called up to pitch.

As I said, the Brewers seem intent on doing whatever they can to win the most games, so we may well see him in September.

It's quite a testament to Fiers that we're having this discussion...he has moved up so quickly, it's hard to believe.


8/20/2011 02:34:00 PM



(8/20/2011 02:08:00 PM) - Al

As for Adam's musings about the 40 man:

1. The Mets have to take their two PTBNL's by 9/1, I think. One is almost certainly McClendon, and he will free up a 40 man spot.

2. Kintzler is on the 15 day DL, and could be moved to the 60 day DL to free up a 40 man spot.

3. Herrera and Farris also are holding down spots on the 40, and could easily be removed. That said, the Brewers might like to use one or both of them in September as role players...Daniel as a loogy, Eric as a PR/bench guy.

4. Given Mark Rogers' issues, he can't be too far from being taken off the 40. I assume someone would pick him up, as you can't teach velocity, but with his many injuries, and now a second stimulant positive test, one wonders how high he can possibly rank.

This 40 man issue will also affect players who may have "earned" a September call-up, but do not have a spot. This includes Taylor Green, Caleb Gindl, Michael Fiers, and a couple others.


8/20/2011 02:08:00 PM



(8/20/2011 01:54:00 PM) - Al

Adam discusses other things to keep in mind, as the Crew needs to clear a 40 man spot to add another player to the 40.

I'll send him a note, as he still thinks Fiers has to be added this offseason. I'm all but positive he does not.

This is from a post at Brewerfan.net, that makes sense to me.

Fiers signed 6/14/09 as a 24 year old. The Brewers get 4 full years to evaluate him before he becomes eligible for the Rule 5 draft. Fiers won't be Rule 5 eligible until after the '13 season.


8/20/2011 01:54:00 PM



(8/20/2011 01:44:00 PM) - Al

Heh, never mind about Fiers, as Narveson has a successful bullpen and is expected to start one of the games Monday.

Interesting to see who goes to make room...very few players have options. As little as Lopez has played, he might be DFA'd and told he'll be back 9/1 if he chooses to go down. Estrada will pitch Tuesday, and then will head back to the bullpen...or, he could also go down until rosters expand, as he'll be unable to pitch for at least a couple days. I just don't think they'd want to send down Dillard when they are not sure Narveson will be able to go 5-6 frames...what if he struggles and has to be removed after 1.2 innings?


8/20/2011 01:44:00 PM



(8/20/2011 01:40:00 PM) - Al

Michael Fiers is scheduled to pitch tomorrow for Nashville, and has been superb this season, so he must be the guy. The unique thing is, Fiers does not have to be protected on the 40 man this offseason, but will be if brought up.

To be blunt, the Crew is not too concerned about that, it would appear. They apparently feel Fiers gives them the best chance to win.


8/20/2011 01:40:00 PM



(8/20/2011 01:27:00 PM) - Al

Narveson currently throwing his 'pen. If he can't go Monday, would be De La Cruz/bullpen game or a call-up NOT named Peralta.--Adam, MLB.com

That's interesting. I assume the Crew is concerned about Wily's youth and inconsistency...moire afraid of a blow-up than anything else.

I'd just go with Frankie myself...the guy was pitching better than anyone still in AAA and has done a fine job since his call-up.


8/20/2011 01:27:00 PM



(8/20/2011 12:33:00 PM) - Al

Felipe Lopez's numbers against the former Brewer, Chris Capuano: 6-for-14. {Hat tip, Adam, MLB.com}

Surprised he isn't starting at 2B or 3B today with that kind of history.


8/20/2011 12:33:00 PM



(8/20/2011 12:09:00 PM) - Al

RF Hart, CF Hairston, LF Braun, 1B Fielder, 3B McGehee, SS Betancourt, 2B Wilson, C Kottaras, P Wolf--Adam, MLB.com

It's just amazing how often Wolf has faced a LHP this year.


8/20/2011 12:09:00 PM



(8/20/2011 12:43:00 AM) - Al

Roenicke very unhappy about rain delay, and that they let the pitchers warm up despite having no intention of starting the game on time. He said he almost had DLC start.

I was just thinking late in the game that they could have had DLC or Dillard start, and pushed Marcum back to Monday...but, that would not have worked out perfectly either, as the Wednesday SP would have been Wolf on short rest, or Dillard/DLC again.

As long as Marcum is not bothered, it worked out perfectly tonight, despite the lack of communication. Remember, the home team decides when the first pitch is, and the umpires take over after that pitch is thrown.

Very impressed with DLC thus far, good velocity, good breaking stuff, and unlike previous MLB stints, he's throwing strikes. People always wonder why those guys that throw 94-95 keep getting chance after chance despite being wild. That's an easy one...sometimes, eventually, they find it...yet the guys with the good control...they never start throwing 95.


8/20/2011 12:43:00 AM



(8/20/2011 12:33:00 AM) - Al

Doesn't sound like Roenicke wants a loogy, only a lefty reliever that can also get righties out, like the Sox's Thornton, who is finally admitted as a target in the past.


8/20/2011 12:33:00 AM



(8/20/2011 12:14:00 AM) - Al

Another solid outing from the rotation.

DLC pitching an inning tonight seems to set him up to start Monday's first game, and then be replaced on the roster, either by Narveson, Peralta, or Flores, to keep the bullpen at full strength until next Thursday's day off, when they'll probably reset the staff. Frankie will have to stay down ten days, but he can come back after the rosters expand 9/1.


8/20/2011 12:14:00 AM


Friday, August 19, 2011

(8/19/2011 08:30:00 PM) - Al

To loud applause, the Mets grounds crew is out and it looks like their intention is to take off the tarp. Looks like we may have baseball.

They still plan on playing. Marcum warmed up fully before they delayed the game, about 30 pitches, Kranitz said. 8:55 scheduled start time.


8/19/2011 08:30:00 PM



(8/19/2011 08:22:00 PM) - Al

If they do play 2 tomorrow, game one will still begin at 3:05, as Fox is broadcasting it. Not sure if they'll have to clear the ballpark or if it would be an old fashioned, two for the price of one variety.


8/19/2011 08:22:00 PM



(8/19/2011 07:46:00 PM) - Al

Mets have announced over the PA that they intend to play the game tonight.


8/19/2011 07:46:00 PM



(8/19/2011 06:08:00 PM) - Al

Apparently, it takes a lot out of Mark Rogers to not pitch for a different reason each and every season.

Much like Jeffress, it's tough giving up on a guy that throws 95, as they are few and far between.


8/19/2011 06:08:00 PM



(8/19/2011 05:59:00 PM) - Al

This area is right up by where the Rambling in-law's vacation compound is.

That's a lot of trees.


8/19/2011 05:59:00 PM



(8/19/2011 03:26:00 PM) - Al

PIT nearing an extension with Tabata. It includes three option years, so the risk is minimal, but Jose, while only 22, is a pedestrian corner OF, career OPS of only 750.


8/19/2011 03:26:00 PM



(8/19/2011 02:52:00 PM) - Al

Counsell in at 2B tonight, rest of the lineup "normal."


8/19/2011 02:52:00 PM



(8/19/2011 02:43:00 PM) - Al

I just looked up the numbers of Martin Maldonado, who is a defensive whiz behind the plate, and finally seems to be hitting a bit in AAA, putting together a career mark of .360/.460...superb for a catcher, especially one who is superb defensively.

He's been on the 40 since last year, and is probably just an injury to Lucroy or Kottaras away from the bigs, or he can hope the Crew decides George is enough of a defensive liability to make up for his good eye and pop.

How in demand would he be? The Yankees just claimed a guy in his late 20's with a career OPS in AAA of 590 on waivers. The bar is set so low for catchers, you have to take that into consideration.


8/19/2011 02:43:00 PM



(8/19/2011 02:30:00 PM) - Al

I know nothing about the West Memphis Three other than what was in the first HBO documentary years ago. Three scumbag teens were convicted of killing three little kids years ago, one of the three confessed. Over the years, some doubt about their guilt has come up...though no evidence supporting that has been found...rather, the fact that in today's scientific age, the continued lack of evidence against the three seems to be repeated over and over.

They served 18 years, and basically pleaded no contest today, admitting there was evidence against them, but maintaining their innocence.

The sad thing, no one seems to even care or mention the kids that were killed. And, I have little doubt the three will violate probation and go back to prison...that's what happens with the vast majority of those that were incarcerated.


8/19/2011 02:30:00 PM



(8/19/2011 11:51:00 AM) - Al

Schools need to start later for kids to learn.

The days of personal responsibility are long, long gone.

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to weep for the world.


8/19/2011 11:51:00 AM



(8/19/2011 11:15:00 AM) - Al

Whoever replaces Jim Hendry will be walking into a great situation: Lots of money coming off the book, good system, owner who wants to win.--Olney

The Cubs' GM is saying he was fired 7/22, and stayed on to sign the draft picks. The difficult thing about CHI is they never seem to build "the right way," which I suppose is deemed too slow for the impatient fan base.


8/19/2011 11:15:00 AM



(8/19/2011 12:24:00 AM) - Al

Randy Choate to the DL, says he is unlikely to return until next year.


8/19/2011 12:24:00 AM


Thursday, August 18, 2011

(8/18/2011 10:58:00 PM) - Al

Love your work Al. Just wanted to remind you of an article from 2008. It is a bit odd in places, but it contains this choice line, "I love Obama and I think he's a hell of a neat guy and a smart guy. But he'll destroy the economy if he puts in what he says. Then I'll make you the bet."

Read the whole thing.

All the best,

Philip


Philip writes from Sydney, AU, where it's already tomorrow, or to put it in modern terms, it's a new vacation day for Obama and higher taxes for the rest of us.

Read the article, if you care to know that Carter's second term is more than half over.


8/18/2011 10:58:00 PM



(8/18/2011 08:10:00 PM) - Al

Pat Buchanan may be a bit of a kook, but he sure can blast the president.


8/18/2011 08:10:00 PM



(8/18/2011 01:29:00 PM) - Al

Brewers won't be getting Byrdak from the Mets this month.


8/18/2011 01:29:00 PM



(8/18/2011 01:15:00 PM) - Al

Crew still unsure who to start in the doubleheader Monday, unsure about Narveson's status, probably either DLC or Peralta from AAA.

I'd go with Frankie, and then send him down and bring up another arm for the bullpen. That arm might actually be Peralta, or it could be another fella.


8/18/2011 01:15:00 PM



(8/18/2011 09:40:00 AM) - Al

I was hoping to split the last two games (no, not greedy at all) with the Dodgers, but with the pitching matchup today, a win last night was desired strongly.


8/18/2011 09:40:00 AM



(8/18/2011 09:39:00 AM) - Al

Sadly, what I say in mockery is often not as bad as the real thing.


8/18/2011 09:39:00 AM


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

(8/17/2011 10:48:00 PM) - Al

They've won 5 games in a row scoring 3 runs or less…last team to do that was the '72 Angels.

Unlinked e-mail, but I have every reason to believe it is true...simply an amazing run.


8/17/2011 10:48:00 PM



(8/17/2011 09:33:00 PM) - Al

KRod says he's ready, but Hawkins in for the 8th.


8/17/2011 09:33:00 PM



(8/17/2011 09:31:00 PM) - Al

Peralta fans 9 and gives up 3 hits in 7 frames tonight at AAA, in his 2nd start at that level.


8/17/2011 09:31:00 PM



(8/17/2011 07:29:00 PM) - Al

MLBTR lists some lefty relievers Doug may consider...we've heard about Choate and Byrdak often this year, and they've been the most effective in '11.


8/17/2011 07:29:00 PM



(8/17/2011 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Bo has guys turning down scholarships to walk-on at Wisconsin. That's just off-the-charts.


8/17/2011 06:33:00 PM



(8/17/2011 05:38:00 PM) - Al

Francisco Rodriguez just told me he is good to go tonight. "Vacation is over," he said.--JS

We'll see if Roenicke agrees.


8/17/2011 05:38:00 PM



(8/17/2011 10:34:00 AM) - Al

Times are so tough, yesterday I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.--Facebook friend

Heh.


8/17/2011 10:34:00 AM



(8/17/2011 12:32:00 AM) - Al

Mark Cuban sounds like a tea party fella.

Notice that every single person feels something has to be done about spending and the debt...except the Dems in DC?


8/17/2011 12:32:00 AM


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

(8/16/2011 11:25:00 PM) - Al

Randy Choate, loogy for the Marlins, has been placed on waivers, though FLA has little reason to listen to trade talk if claimed, as he is signed cheaply this year and next. That said, Doug is known to like him, and they tried to sign him last offseason.

FLA could just recall him, as happens everyday with dozens of players in August.

EDIT: Just a added note...Choate has faced 84 LH hitters this year, and only 14 have reached base. He may be the best loogy in the game this season, never mind available. If he is dealt, he'll garner a far better prospect than Komatsu, who went to the Nats for Hairston.


8/16/2011 11:25:00 PM



(8/16/2011 10:37:00 PM) - Al

Al,

I need help. I saw an interview a couple months ago with Betancourt. They brought out Gallardo to interpret for him. Now tonight Betancourt is at the plate and Eddie Sedar calls time out goes down to home plate twice and talks to Betancourt.

Does Eddie Sedar speak Spanish? That was really weird.

Love the blog!

Casey


1. Yuni speaks some English, he just doesn't like doing media in English, I assume because he could use the wrong word, or an embarrassing one.

2. I think BA said the other day Yuni speaks "baseball English" just fine. That's probably a good description.

3. Sedar, like many coaches, probably does know bits of Spanish as well.


8/16/2011 10:37:00 PM



(8/16/2011 08:51:00 PM) - Al

Police officer buys youngster cookies minutes before being killed on duty.

Some people complain there's too many people in prison. That's where evil excuses for human beings belong.


8/16/2011 08:51:00 PM



(8/16/2011 07:15:00 PM) - Al

Your 2011 Milwaukee Brewers...8th in UZR, 11th in DRS.

Yet, I recall just a couple weeks ago being overwhelmed by those "who know" telling me this was a terrible defensive team.

Why yes, I am a contrarian.


8/16/2011 07:15:00 PM



(8/16/2011 07:06:00 PM) - Al

Obama listed three events overseas -- the Arab Spring uprisings, the tsunami in Japan, and the European debt crises -- which set the economy back.

Heh. Yeah, without those three things, we'd have a full blown Reagan economy on our hands.

Geesh.


8/16/2011 07:06:00 PM



(8/16/2011 06:40:00 PM) - Al

Obama warns Perry not to say something stupid.

Thank goodness, I would have hated to see Perry talk about those people who cling to their guns and their religion...


8/16/2011 06:40:00 PM



(8/16/2011 06:33:00 PM) - Al

Right to work areas booming, union areas, not so much.

Shocking.


8/16/2011 06:33:00 PM



(8/16/2011 06:30:00 PM) - Al

Roenicke does not seem to be saying he will not use Axford or KRod, saying he'd prefer not to, but Axford only threw nine pitches yesterday.


8/16/2011 06:30:00 PM



(8/16/2011 06:03:00 PM) - Al

Closing situation could be interesting. Roenicke said K-Rod is unavailable due to leg soreness and Axford has gone 3 consecutive games.--JS

Lingering from his "cramp" I wonder? He has pitched since then.


8/16/2011 06:03:00 PM



(8/16/2011 05:26:00 PM) - Al

Ed Schultz edits and changes things to make Perry seem racist?

I, for one, am shocked...shocked that MSNBC would resort to such tactics...after all, they are an unbiased member of the old media.


8/16/2011 05:26:00 PM



(8/16/2011 04:03:00 PM) - Al

Service helps pro poker players leave the USA to go elsewhere...where freedom is actually practiced as well as preached, and goodness sakes, it's not like we need more tax revenue...just spend!


8/16/2011 04:03:00 PM



(8/16/2011 03:52:00 PM) - Al

Julia Allison is a friend of Meghan McCain's, and even dated Jack McCain, who is 23, a military pilot, and could likely beat me up in less than ten seconds. Also, Julia, despite being in her late 20's/early 30's (ancient in today's world, just ask the old media), is still mighty attractive.

All that said, I won't make fun of her like I normally would, but I dare you to read her article on "not enough signal" in and around a music festival in Chicago and not smile at the fact she actually thinks it's a big enough deal to write an article about.

"I can't text my friends"...shut the hell up. Half the world has no idea what a phone call is, and the odds are, you have a half-dozen old phones at home that you once paid for and now just sit there because...you have a fancier model now.


8/16/2011 03:52:00 PM



(8/16/2011 03:48:00 PM) - Al

Hairston at 2B tonight. If one of the four guys get hot and have a couple 3-4 days in a row, they'd probably pick up the majority of playing time the rest of the month.


8/16/2011 03:48:00 PM



(8/16/2011 02:08:00 PM) - Al

This is how the government works...$20M, supposed to insulate 2K homes and create 2K jobs. One year later...14 jobs created, 3 houses done.

For those of you thinking the Obama administration has a handle on fixing the economy, see exhibit A.


8/16/2011 02:08:00 PM



(8/16/2011 01:09:00 PM) - Al

Fox News reporting both Paul Ryan and Chris Christie are considering jumping in and may announce within the next 24 hours.

I think Ryan is more of a "let's get this stuff on the table and deal with it" type, but compared to the status quo, I'd take almost anyone. Christie is a perfect combination of common sense, fiscal discipline, and sound bites with humor...not to mention, a very handsome man (not that I'm built like him or anything).


8/16/2011 01:09:00 PM


Monday, August 15, 2011

(8/15/2011 11:21:00 PM) - Al

Reports leaking out Jungmann did sign with MIL. Because of the late hour, info not coming quickly. Specifics tomorrow.


8/15/2011 11:21:00 PM



(8/15/2011 11:06:00 PM) - Al

Bradley signs for $2M, per Zoodig. If correct, about $500K more than slot.


8/15/2011 11:06:00 PM



(8/15/2011 11:05:00 PM) - Al

Deals leaking out, PIT may have given biggest deal in history to Josh Bell, who sent a letter to every team telling them he was going to college. Every single one has the money being well over slot.


8/15/2011 11:05:00 PM



(8/15/2011 10:13:00 PM) - Al

Brewers' 6-game lead biggest in club history since '82 team was up 6.5 Gs on Aug. 27.--JS

If you recall, they won that on the last day of the season. I agree with Braun, I'd rather be six up than six down, but one bad week, they could be right back to even. When I look at their run differential, I fully grasp how fortunate they've been, and how remarkable the back end of the bullpen has been.

Adam sent out a note that the rotation has matched last season's quality start total. This is a far better club, without a doubt, at least on the pitching side.


8/15/2011 10:13:00 PM



(8/15/2011 10:11:00 PM) - Al

The Rambling brother reports he is pretty sure is was George Bamberger who said the triple play line.

I did not know it was so dated.


8/15/2011 10:11:00 PM



(8/15/2011 10:04:00 PM) - Al

California seeing businesses flocking to other states after online tax passed.

All the folks that think the public is just an open wallet, too dumb to notice a few pennies on each purchase...no they aren't, and neither are these companies.

Let that be a lesson to all who sees us as rubes who pay for...everything with our taxes. The account is closed boys. Stop spending so damn much.


8/15/2011 10:04:00 PM



(8/15/2011 09:33:00 PM) - Al

1.5 hours left, not a single top draft pick signing announced.

MLB may have a blackout in place to try and keep bonuses down.


8/15/2011 09:33:00 PM



(8/15/2011 08:12:00 PM) - Al

Wouldn't Jim Thome look good as a PH on any contender's bench in a couple weeks?


8/15/2011 08:12:00 PM



(8/15/2011 07:57:00 PM) - Al

Even if Gomez returns, Hairston can play so many other spots, he's still welcome back next season. Heck, if he does come back, he might be penciled in as the starting SS, as Yuni's option will be declined.


8/15/2011 07:57:00 PM



(8/15/2011 07:28:00 PM) - Al

That triple play sure took the Dodgers out of that inning. I forget who said that years ago, but it's still funny.

Kemp must be Gomez-like fast to make that close. I thought he must have been running on the pitch, but was not.


8/15/2011 07:28:00 PM



(8/15/2011 06:49:00 PM) - Al

I can't imagine a better ticket deal than the Badgers' women basketball team has, if you live in Madison or within half-an-hour of the Kohl Center.


8/15/2011 06:49:00 PM



(8/15/2011 06:40:00 PM) - Al

Guy yells at POTUS: "How can you bring people together when your VP is calling members of the Tea Party terrorists?"--Fox.com

Heh. Those facts sure derail the fiction our leader puts forth.


8/15/2011 06:40:00 PM



(8/15/2011 06:06:00 PM) - Al

Not a single first round pick has signed today, deadline is tonight at 11. All chasing every penny. Of course, there's nothing wrong with that, but they could have signed two months ago and moved up a level by now. Chasing pennies now is foolish compared to the difference between arby and free agency later.

The Crew did sign their 18th round pick, a HS SS, for $315K, which is probably about a quarter mil over slot. Obviously, they chose him there hoping to buy him off his college commitment, and it worked. Supposedly, he is a 2nd/3rd round talent, Chris McFarland.

He's so good, they named a town after him.:)


8/15/2011 06:06:00 PM


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